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Old 10-01-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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The "Liked Post Button" addon.

I think it would be a very good idea to add the "Liked Post" button that is available to add to vBulletin forums.

I use it on my own two forums and the members love it. It's a cool way to tell someone that what they've said is very good and lists the people who have thanked the poster. Kind of a visual pat-on-the-back.

The "reputation" method is good, but most members have no idea that it's ever there, in the stock location and appearance.

Another idea is to move the reputation symbol to near the other main buttons and name it "Thanks". There is an addon for that as well, on the vBulletin.org site.

Just a thought for improving an already great site!


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Old 10-01-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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If there was a "like" button, I would like that post,
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:18 PM   #3
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A thumbs up simile?
A bowing person simile?
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:27 PM   #4
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A word of caution: another forum I belong to had to remove the "reputation" button, it had led to very hard feelings when one member would disagree with another and knock their reputation. It turned into a beauty contest/p*ssing contest. I think most DC members get along and play well with others, but there might come a time when someone might run with scissors. Just my opinion, FWIW.
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #5
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A word of caution: another forum I belong to had to remove the "reputation" button, it had led to very hard feelings when one member would disagree with another and knock their reputation. It turned into a beauty contest/p*ssing contest. I think most DC members get along and play well with others, but there might come a time when someone might run with scissors. Just my opinion, FWIW.
This site has the rep button restricted to only positive rep. There is a setting for allowing the negitive rep, but I'm glad they don't use it here. It does cause problems.

What I'm refering to is a "Thanks" Button enabled by this addon:

[AJAX] Post Thank You Hack - vBulletin.org Forum

This version is for vBulletin 3.8.x, the version of this site. I use the 4.0.x version on my sites.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #6
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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As a forum owner, I gotta tell ya, posts that have nothing in them but "Thanks" or and icon expressing thanks, are bandwidth hogs.

Picture this; over the period of a year or two, there might be a thousand posts that have nothing in them but "Thanks" or the equivalent. Each has a signature line of two or three lines and maybe a graphic.

Each time that thread is read by someone, the bandwidth that is used is nothing but wasted money.

As a result, most forums frown on "Thanks" posts and some will even delete them.

The "Thanks Button" uses almost no bandwidth, doesn't make a post of a thank-you, and shows the poster that this-many people liked what they said and lets everyone see who liked the post by listing the user-names.

It's a win-win thing. Members get to give and receive public thanks and the owner of the site doesn't have to pay for bandwidth that is mostly wasted.

Just an opinion from a person who is a programmer and forum owner.

On forums who use the "Thanks" hack, the feature is used at a tremendous rate and is loved by the members.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:31 AM   #8
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in it's infancy, his forum used to allow negative karma but only by the mods. i railed against that. i'm happy that free common sense came out on top.

it seems to me that a "like" button is a liitle on the needy side of attention getting. it's for people who are lazy or have short attention spans. if someone wants to support your post, do it with words. just my opinion, of course.
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